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The Nest

por Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney

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A warm, funny and acutely perceptive debut novel about four adult siblings and the fate of the shared inheritance that has shaped their choices and their lives.

Every family has its problems. But even among the most troubled, the Plumb family stands out as spectacularly dysfunctional. Years of simmering tensions finally reach a breaking point on an unseasonably cold afternoon in New York City as Melody, Beatrice, and Jack Plumb gather to confront their charismatic and reckless older brother, Leo, freshly released from rehab. Months earlier, an inebriated Leo got behind the wheel of a car with a nineteen-year-old waitress as his passenger. The ensuing accident has endangered the Plumbs' joint trust fund, "The Nest," which they are months away from finally receiving. Meant by their deceased father to be a modest mid-life supplement, the Plumb siblings have watched The Nest's value soar along with the stock market and have been counting on the money to solve a number of self-inflicted problems.

Melody, a wife and mother in an upscale suburb, has an unwieldy mortgage and looming college tuition for her twin teenage daughters. Jack, an antiques dealer, has secretly borrowed against the beach cottage he shares with his husband, Walker, to keep his store open. And Bea, a once-promising short-story writer, just can't seem to finish her overdue novel. Can Leo rescue his siblings and, by extension, the people they love? Or will everyone need to reimagine the futures they've envisioned? Brought together as never before, Leo, Melody, Jack, and Beatrice must grapple with old resentments, present-day truths, and the significant emotional and financial toll of the accident, as well as finally acknowledge the choices they have made in their own lives.

This is a story about the power of family, the possibilities of friendship, the ways we depend upon one another and the ways we let one another down. In this tender, entertaining, and deftly written debut, Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney brings a remarkable cast of characters to life to illuminate what money does to relationships, what happens to our ambitions over the course of time, and the fraught yet unbreakable ties we share with those we love.

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Family Drama
  BooksInMirror | Feb 19, 2024 |
This one hit awfully close to home since I have a brother who is TOTALLY a Leo and it was both frustrating and fascinating to spend time inside the head of a person who is so completely self-centered. Without my own personal experience I'm not sure I would believe that Leo was as shallow and petty as he turns out to be but I know that people like him do exist.

It was also uncomfortable and all too familiar to see how the people in Leo's life came to terms with his behavior and their own feelings towards him. It's hard to admit that you are better off without a person who shares your blood but it sure can happen.

I found most of the Plumb children sympathetic despite their many poor decisions because for the most part they were motivated by the right things and I was glad to see how life turned out for most of them.

Not the funny book I expected but still a worthwhile trip. ( )
  hmonkeyreads | Jan 25, 2024 |
Intriguing characters, and reminds me of how This Is Us centers around one family but explores the lives of everyone who touches them. A slow and steady rebuilding of a family and many families inside that family. ( )
  sophia.magyk | Jan 3, 2024 |
I had high hopes for this book and was looking forward to a great read. Unfortunately I was disappointed. I gave the book 3 stars because the author knows how to write. But as far as the story, characters, etc. are concerned, I really didn't care about many of them. Leo and Stephanie are the only two that I had some connection with. The story meandered along through a maze that I don't think the author knew how to get out of. The ending was a huge letdown and the epilogue appears to have been written as an afterthought, possibly at the suggestion of the publisher. ( )
  BenM2023 | Nov 22, 2023 |
This book came highly recommended by a couple of sources, and I have to admit, I didn’t think it would be my cup of tea. It took me a while to get into it - maybe 100 pages or so - which isn’t unusual for me. What is unusual, however, is that I’d stick with a book that didn’t entirely captivate me, for that long. I would (and have) abandoned many other novels long before then. But something about Sweeney’s writing style sucked me in and refused to let go. The chapters are short, the dialogue snappy, the prose descriptive and engaging. The characters aren’t atrocious - despite what many other readers say. I saw a lot of humanity in them, good and bad. They came across as real people, with needs, wants, desires, regrets. I think that’s what I appreciated most of all… the fact that these weren’t cookie cutter, black-and-white people. They were complex, and often unlikeable. After reading Gone Girl, I’m starting to realize more and more that I really like unlikeable characters. Go figure. I was under the impression I’d have to be madly in love with the characters to like the book, but it turns out that’s not the case at all. Likeable characters aren’t necessary for me to be swept away by a novel, as was definitely the case here. I really enjoyed this book, and I’m so glad I read it. ( )
  Elizabeth_Cooper | Oct 27, 2023 |
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“Her writing is like really good dark chocolate: sharper and more bittersweet than the cheap stuff, but also too delicious not to finish in one sitting.”
adicionada por HarperCollins | editarEntertainment Weekly
 
“Hilarious and big-hearted, The Nest is a stellar debut.”
adicionada por HarperCollins | editarPeople, Book of the Week
 
“[S]cenes both witty and tragic... that glow with the confidence of an experienced comic writer... [Sweeney] maintains a refreshing balance of tenderness. Rather than skewering the Plumbs to death, she pokes them, as though probing to find the humanity beneath their cynical crust.”
adicionada por HarperCollins | editarWashington Post
 
“[A] closely observed, charming novel.”
adicionada por HarperCollins | editarO, the Oprah Magazine
 
“The dynamics and foibles of family take center stage here, interweaving four characters’ tumultuous journeys to paint a rich picture of domestic drama.”
adicionada por HarperCollins | editarB&N Reads, The Best New Fiction of the Month
 

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As the rest of the guests wandered the deck of the beach club under an early-evening midsummer sky, taking pinched, appraising sips of their cocktails to gauge if the bartenders were using the top-shelf stuff and balancing tiny crab cakes on paper napkins while saying appropriate things about how they'd really lucked out with the weather because the humidity would be back tomorrow, or murmuring inappropriate things about the bride's snug satin dress, wondering if the spilling cleavage was do to bad tailoring or poor taste (a look as their own daughters might say) or an unexpected weight gain, winking and making tired jokes about exchanging toasters for diapers, Leo Plumb left his cousin's wedding with one of the waitresses.
Because the three Plumbs had agreed on the phone the previous evening that they should not drink in front of their brother Leo, they were all—unbeknownst to one another—sitting in separate bars in and around Grand Central, savoring a furtive cocktail before lunch.
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Walker besefte dat hij jaren geleden stilzwijgend had toegestemd in het altijd weer subsidiëren van Jacks mislukkingen. ...Want dat deed je nu eenmaal als je van iemand hield, als je samen een leven opbouwde. Dan compenseerde je de zwakheid van de ander met jouw kracht. dan was je de betrouwbare basis van waaruit de ander kon handelen. Dan accommodeerde je de ander, dan was je mekaar ter wille. En als Walker wel eens ongeduldig werd, als hij soms wenste dat de dingen tussen hen wat meer in balans waren, stelde hij zich een leven zonder Jack voor en slikte hij zijn bezwaren in, omdat hij Jack ook niet kon missen. p 336
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A warm, funny and acutely perceptive debut novel about four adult siblings and the fate of the shared inheritance that has shaped their choices and their lives.

Every family has its problems. But even among the most troubled, the Plumb family stands out as spectacularly dysfunctional. Years of simmering tensions finally reach a breaking point on an unseasonably cold afternoon in New York City as Melody, Beatrice, and Jack Plumb gather to confront their charismatic and reckless older brother, Leo, freshly released from rehab. Months earlier, an inebriated Leo got behind the wheel of a car with a nineteen-year-old waitress as his passenger. The ensuing accident has endangered the Plumbs' joint trust fund, "The Nest," which they are months away from finally receiving. Meant by their deceased father to be a modest mid-life supplement, the Plumb siblings have watched The Nest's value soar along with the stock market and have been counting on the money to solve a number of self-inflicted problems.

Melody, a wife and mother in an upscale suburb, has an unwieldy mortgage and looming college tuition for her twin teenage daughters. Jack, an antiques dealer, has secretly borrowed against the beach cottage he shares with his husband, Walker, to keep his store open. And Bea, a once-promising short-story writer, just can't seem to finish her overdue novel. Can Leo rescue his siblings and, by extension, the people they love? Or will everyone need to reimagine the futures they've envisioned? Brought together as never before, Leo, Melody, Jack, and Beatrice must grapple with old resentments, present-day truths, and the significant emotional and financial toll of the accident, as well as finally acknowledge the choices they have made in their own lives.

This is a story about the power of family, the possibilities of friendship, the ways we depend upon one another and the ways we let one another down. In this tender, entertaining, and deftly written debut, Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney brings a remarkable cast of characters to life to illuminate what money does to relationships, what happens to our ambitions over the course of time, and the fraught yet unbreakable ties we share with those we love.

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